2019 Agenda

Take a look at the innovative presentations and expert speakers coming to Specialty Papers US 2019!

Pre-Conference Workshop: Mon., Sep. 30

Workshop: The Specialty Paper Industry – An Insight Into an Evolving and Important Sector of the Paper Industry

The specialty paper industry continues to develop and change in line with evolving end-use markets. This rapidly changing environment makes specialty paper one of the more interesting and creative sectors of the paper industry.

This workshop is designed to provide an overview and insight into the specialty paper sector and to act as a primer for those new to the sector.

It will address the following topics:

  • Global factors and influences that will shape future development of the specialty papers business
  • The specialty paper sector’s position in the context of the overall paper industry
  • The specialty paper market
  • Key end-use markets
  • Future products
  • Important criteria for success in the specialty paper sector
  1. Registration Opens

  2. Presentation - Part I

    Dr. Graham Moore | Strategic Consultant of Smithers Pira

  3. Networking Break

  4. Presentation – Part II

    Dr. Graham Moore | Strategic Consultant of Smithers Pira

  5. End of Workshop

Day 1: Tues. Oct. 1

Registration and Opening Remarks

  1. Registration Opens

  2. Welcome and Opening Remarks

    Openeing remarks by Rebbeca List, Associate Conference Producer, Smithers

    TAPPI Update

Session I: Market Overview and Trends in Specialty Papers

  1. Setting the Scene

    Dr. Graham Moore | Strategic Consultant of Smithers Pira

    This presentation will address implications for the specialty papers sector.

  2. Emerging Trends in Specialty Papers

    This presentation will explore market data on emerging trends within the specialty papers market and highlight growing trends in the sustainability sector.

  3. Networking Break with Refreshments

Session II: Emerging Applications and New Players

  1. Application Developments and Sustainable Innovations

    Adrianne Tipton | Vice President, Innovation and Market Development of Novolex

    Abstract coming soon.

  2. Brightness for the Future – Making Printability Better

    Mika Hotti | Business Director & Global Key Account Management Paper - Business Line Silica of Evonik

    Specialty silicate pigments are an important tool in the papermakers’ hands for improving paper optics and printability, shifting a particular grade of paper to higher value-added segment and simply improving the overall cost structure of given quality. Our solution is a sodium magnesium aluminosilicate synthesized in an acid / base neutralization reaction, and it will be introduced in this talk. You can learn about the ability of this solution to remarkably increase paper opacity and brightness, as well as to impart a desired blueish-white shade, resulting in improved visual appearance to thin printing papers. This solution is the only pigment which also increases bulk and stiffness, and this results in a reduced need for chemical pulp in fine papers and white-top board. At the end, this results in a significant cost saving.

    Evonik silicate solutions for the paper market are also engineered to provide superior performance by improving quality and generating cost savings by a partial or even total replacement of TiO2.

  3. Innovations in Production of Premium Papers

    Abstract Coming Soon

  4. Networking Lunch

Session III: The Evolving Landscape of Specialty Papers

  1. Responsible Sourcing of Paper Products

    Abstract coming soon

  2. Innovative and Sustainable Paper and Board Packaging

    Abstract coming soon

  3. Networking Break with Refreshments

Session IV: Innovations in Specialty Papers

  1. Development of More Sustainable Barrier Technology for Packaging

    Larry Hutchinson | Global Market Development Manager of Solenis

    When did you last purchase something that was not in a package? How did the design, graphics, or functional properties of the package influence your buying decision? Did you consider the origin and cost of the packaging materials or where the packaging would end up?

    Sustainability is more than a slogan; ignore it and something important will be in short supply. The paper industry has much to be proud of; its wood and plant-based fiber solutions are some of the most sustainable and ecologically responsible. We have innovative ways to impart a wide variety of functional and barrier properties to an array of paperboard grades and paper-based flexible packaging – but not without consequences.

    Plastics are robust and versatile. Formed into packaging or combined with paper or board, plastics are wonderful. Unfortunately, some of the very properties that make plastics so wonderful are creating problems in the environment. Thus, we are developing barrier technologies from sustainable, raw materials that deliver the required performance while being significantly more recyclable, re-pulpable, and compostable than polyethylene (PE), polylactic acid (PLA), polyethylene terephthalate (PET), paraffin wax, and perfluorocarbon (PFC). 

    We are utilizing vegetable oils and unique micro-encapsulation technology to create more sustainable barrier systems. We will briefly introduce our novel technology and present a case for its application in cup stock board and in paper-based flexible packaging. In each case, we will discuss how we achieve functional requirements, the economic benefit, and recyclability, re-pulpability and compostability, as applicable.

  2. Answering the Call of the Marketplace

    Jeff Stacy | Market Segment Manager of Cascades-Sonoco

    Co-Presenter: Yvon Mongrain – Technical Director, Cascades-Sonoco

    Presenters will discuss the commercial deployment of a water-based functional coating solution providing new applications in eco-friendly packaging, including recyclable, repulpable, and compostable containers. This technology is the result of listening to customers, listening to consumers, listening to the marketplace, and then working to create something that solves a problem and fills a need.

  3. Innovations in Biomaterials

    Abstract coming soon

  4. Networking Break with Refreshments

Session V: Trends in Food and Beverage Packaging

  1. Exploring Barrier Board Solutions for Paper Cups

    Markku Hämäläinen | CEO of Kotkamills Oy, Finland

    Abstract coming soon

  2. Panel: Innovations in Grease Resistant Barriers

    Information coming soon

  3. Closing Remarks

  4. Networking Reception

Day 2: Wed. Oct. 2

Registration and Opening Remarks

  1. Registration Opens & Exhibit Hall Opens

  2. Welcome and Opening Remarks

Session VI: Implications in Sustainable End-of-Life Solutions for Specialty Papers

  1. Recycling: What Matters Now

    Lynn Morgan | Manager of Public Affairs of Waste Management

    Abstract coming soon

  2. Renewable Resources in Packaging Solutions

    Emily Williams | Global Growth Platform Leader, Circular Economy of Michelman

    Abstract Coming soon

  3. A Closed Loop Fiber Future: Developing a Sustainable, Circular Supply Chain

    Mark Bond | Recycled Fibers Sales Manager of Sustana

    Containers and packaging comprise nearly a quarter of the material reaching U.S. landfills. With the expected continued growth in packaging, consumers and sustainable companies will continue to demand a transition from packaging material disposition to packaging material recycling and re-use. Systemic change to material sourcing of fiber is needed and coming. The breadth of packaging materials made with recycled fibers from post-consumer material continues to expand. Today, food grade packaging made with post-consumer content is growing rapidly. The shift toward re-use of post-consumer packaging materials for reincorporation into food grade packaging is now a reality as post-consumer packaging materials are emerging as effective, sustainable alternatives. We will discuss active initiatives to close the loop in fiber-based packaging and near-term opportunities and challenges for further development of a circular supply chain.

  4. Networking Break with Refreshments

Session VII: Developments in Process Solution

  1. Nanocellulose in Specialty and Packaging Paper

    Jack Miller | Principal Consultant of Biobased Markets

    Nanocellulose base sheet additives and coatings provide improved strength and barrier, as well as enable cost reduction, not only through lightweighting but also through the use of more filler and lower cost fibers. Industry sources report that mills from North America to Europe and Asia are putting thousands of tons of microfibrillated cellulose (MFC) and cellulose nanofibrils (CNF) in their paper and paperboard production. This presentation will explore developments with nanocellulose in packaging and specialty papers. It will include research highlights, the state of the industry, as well as the status of commercial development. I will conclude with a discussion of the outlook to 2025.

  2. Innovation in Surface Treatment Application – Tool for Quickly Developing New Paper Grades

    Kim “Will” Robinson, Ph.D. | President and Chief Solutions Officer of Process Solutions Group

    Market demand for product innovations requires quicker translating of lab results to on-machine assessments. Speed-to-market is increasing and requires that we take new approaches. We've found that spray booms can be creatively and effectively used in only 60-second machine trials to assess applied treatment ranges, penetration depth, and chemical demands, thus quickly establishing cost for performance. These results drive design for permanent but flexible installations of spray booms in the dry-end, open areas in the dryer section and at accessible press section locations. This approach provides the technologist and papermaker with an additional tool to respond to the demands of ever-changing markets.

  3. Networking Lunch

Session VIII: Advancements in Specialty Paper Coatings & Barriers

  1. Cellulose Nanomaterials as a Sustainable Barrier Material for Packaging Applications

    Jeffrey P. Youngblood, Ph.D. | Professor of Materials Engineering of Purdue University

    Cellulose Nanomaterials (CN) are attractive materials for possible applications in nanocomposites reinforcement, nanomaterials, and biomedicine, as they are high in strength and stiffness, yet are renewable, biodegradable, non-toxic, cheap, and optically transparent. This presentation will introduce CN and why they may be interesting for packaging applications. Specifically, the barrier properties of CN (OTR, CO2TR, WVTR) will be explored and our efforts to process CN in industrially relevant ways to take advantage of the beneficial properties will be detailed. Thus, we provide new elements to understand the interconnection among preparation variables towards optimal CN materials design.

  2. Applications of Microfibrillated Cellulose in Coatings

    Abstract coming soon

  3. Closing Remarks and Farewell

    Steve Ottone | Technical Service Manager of Omya Inc.